Fifty million girls in sub-Saharan Africa are not in school, and millions more are not reaching their potential. Gender-based violence (GBV) is a leading cause of drop-out: 50% of women over 14 experience GBV in Sub-Saharan Africa. From school dropout to forced sexual encounters, Africa’s girls are straining under the effects of poverty and gender inequities. Restrictive gender norms and GBV must be tackled, and governments need to build systems that retain girls in school. World Vision and World Education will scale evidence-based, Early Warning Systems in four countries that identify students before they drop out and offer tailored responses to retain them in school. In tandem, we will empower communities to confront gender-restrictive norms using tested socio-ecological models, civic outreach, and mass media. Together, these interventions will significantly reduce gender-based violence, empower adolescent girls to stay in school, and build a foundation of opportunity for generations to come.
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